Thirteen students on the Raymore-Peculiar High School girls volleyball team were taken to hospitals after their school bus crashed with another vehicle Monday afternoon in Lee’s Summit.
Police said the bus driver was trying to make a U-turn on Southwest Ward Road when the bus was struck by a flatbed truck.
Police said one of the students had serious but not life-threatening injuries. Tom Kruse, athletic director for the Raymore-Peculiar School District, said the injuries were not thought to be critical.
The bus was northbound on Ward Road carrying the players to a tournament at Lee’s Summit West High School, police said. At around 4:15 p.m., the driver missed a turn and tried to make a U-turn onto the southbound lanes of the divided roadway near Southwest Stuart Road. There is not a “no U-turn” sign at that location.
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The truck, also northbound on Ward Road, struck the bus on its side, pushing it onto a curb. Besides the driver, the bus had 20 players and coaches on board. Six ambulance services took the injured to five hospitals.
Southbound traffic on Ward Road was backed up two miles. Northbound traffic was backed up about a mile.